Florentines

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Florentines are rich and decadent and very simple to make at home. They make a perfect edible gift for Christmas.

Stuffed Pork Chops

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This tasty dish full of flavour is perfect for the whole family.

Teriyaki Salmon with Noodles and a Peanut Dressing

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The fantastic thing about this recipe is that all it takes is to marinate the salmon and pop in the oven when your guests arrive. Serve with noodles in a peanut butter dressing for a tasty main course!

Honey Roast Smoked Salmon with Crispy Potato Cakes and Asparagus Curls

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This is my version of Eggs Benedict which is a poached egg served on a crispy potato cake that gets baked in the oven slice of brioche and a warm butter sauce, which is much lighter than Hollandaise. It is also fantastic served with slices of hand carved cooked ham or crispy bacon.

Dublin Lawyer

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This is a traditional method of serving lobster which is extremely delicious. If possible make this dish with a raw lobster, that is one which has been killed just before cooking by plunging a sharp instrument into the cross on the head. However, a lightly cooked lobster can be used and will still be extremely good.

Bun Cha: Barbecued Pork Skewers with Herbs and Rice Vermicelli

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Vietnam is all about incredible street food and when I visited the country, this was one of my favourite dishes to eat on a plastic stool at a roadside pop-up vendor. It's a feast of smoky pork skewers, wrapped in lettuce leaves with fresh herbs and dipped in a salty sweet sauce. Barbecue the pork to get the essential smoky element of South East Asian cooking, but a griddle pan will also work. The classic version uses pork belly to form little pork patties, but this is a quicker variation.

Chilli and Tomato Crab Pasta

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

I love taking one ingredient and really making it the star of the dish. In this recipe, crab hits the big time! Paired with the heat of chilli and the freshness of lemon juice and zest, it makes a pretty incredible pasta dish. You can buy crab meat quite easily nowadays and for a speedy supper it does save you the hassle of buying a crab, cooking it and then tearing out its insides. Hey, I'm all for shortcuts if you can take them!

Mikado Coconut Cream Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

When I was growing up, if Mikado biscuits were in the house, they didn't last long. This cake is a small homage to them with a light sponge layered with jam, covered with a sweet marshmallow frosting and decorated with desiccated coconut.

Irish Omelette

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This might come as a surprise to some people, but I found this recipe in an 18th-century manuscript, spelt 'amulet' (maybe it was considered lucky to eat it), and it is extremely good and filling.

Gingerbread Men

From: Four Live

This recipe makes perfectly crisp gingerbread biscuits which snap and crumble in the mouth.




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